Friday, March 10, 2017

The Heineken Roeivierkamp Regatta Takes over the Amstel this Weekend

Weekend of racing in Amsterdam (Photo courtesy Heineken Roeivierkamp/Facebook)

Press Release: Olympic rowers competing on the Amstel River.

The Heineken Roeivierkamp rowing regatta takes place for the 45th time on March 11th and 12th 2017. With 3,500 participants from all over the world and 10,000 spectators, the Heineken regatta is the largest rowing regatta of the Netherlands. It is the traditional start of the Dutch rowing season where the elite crews will compete against each other for the first time of the year.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Reflecting on Rio: Fast Boats and Good Team Culture Require Athletes to Buy In, Says Mike Gennaro

In light of our recent opinion piece on the chatter surrounding USRowing in the wake of Rio's results, there has been a lot of back-and-forth about what 'coaching' means, and about how that relates to the athletes, and the wider culture of a team.

While our position in the opinion piece was founded on the idea that the athletes were 'bought in' and executing the program as laid out by the coaches to the best of their abilities, U.S. national team veteran Mike Gennaro believes that some doubts crept in along the way, creating cracks in the team-wide trust that later became rifts.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Dick Tonks and Shanghai High-Performance Rowing Heading to Windermere Cup

UW rowing through the Montlake Cut (Photo: RR)

Press Release:

Washington Rowing, along with Windermere Real Estate, welcomes the Shanghai men's and women's High-Performance Rowing teams from China as the headlining opponent for the 31st annual Windermere Cup, scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

There's a lot of talk about issues facing USRowing right now, but it's missing the point

First strokes, IRA Championships (Photo: RR)

There has been a firestorm around USRowing recently, with top-level changes, the removal of the CEO and the High Performance Director, and a renewed approach to structuring the board and the High Performance Committee. Social media and the discussion boards have been overwhelmed with theories about how and why things went wrong, and Carlo Zezza even went so far as to write a 74-page book entitled The Boys in a Box about all of the above.

We've heard theories about too many international rowers, about divided priorities, about sculling being the one, true way to revitalize U.S. athletes on the international rowing stage. But we're pretty sure it's a whole lot simpler than all of that.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Addressing the Hiatus

A look inside Issue No. 2 of SportUp's Between The Lines magazine

A lot has changed since 2010. It's fair to say that the Internet is a different place—the landscape of social media 'disrupted' blogging, just as blogging had disrupted publishing. The sport of rowing has grown online, too.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rio Olympics Review: It Was The Best Of Times; It Was The Worst Of Times

Looking back on Rio

Hard as it may be to believe, the Rio Olympics are now done and dusted. Four years of preparation, four years of early mornings, four years of squeezing in an extra session on your ‘off’ day to help pave the way to the podium. It either worked, or it didn’t. One thing is certain — we’re all better for it.

But Rio, in many ways, was a dichotomy—in other words, it was the best of times, and it was the worst of times. Here’s what I mean.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Videos: Behind the Scenes and Sneak Peek at PBS Documentary, 'The Boys of '36'

PBS' American Experience documentary, The Boys of '36 airs August 2nd (Screen capture)

Tomorrow marks the airing of the PBS documentary, The Boys of '36, based on the epic story of Washington's underdogs (okay, underdawgs) who took on the world, and won, at the Olympic Games in Berlin. And, just to get you fully prepared, here are three videos—the first one a look at the first chapter of the documentary; the second, a look at what the current Washington athletes felt about their role reenacting some of the scenes from 1936; and finally, an interview with the filmmakers.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

No One Is Trying To Ruin Rio For You, Because It’s Not About You

Cristo Redentor looks down from Corcovado, Rio de Janeiro

Recently, U.S. Olympian Megan Kalmoe (whose work has been featured here on RR) wrote a post to her blog entitled, ‘Stop Trying To Ruin The Olympics For Us’, which has since been published by The Guardian in the U.K. In her own way, Kalmoe is lamenting the fact that the media has focused on the many issues facing the Rio Games, going so far as to base their questions to the athletes more on ecological concerns than training and preparation for the Olympics. We all have opinions about the Games—it’s a world event. But here’s why I take issue with Kalmoe’s portrayal of the media’s intentions.